How’s COPD Diagnosed?

November is the National COPD Awareness Month and a perfect time to get a spirometry test. A spirometry test can help your doctor diagnose COPD. It is an easy test that measures how well your lungs are working. People with early stage COPD may not notice symptoms until the disease progresses to the moderate stage.

Leaving COPD undiagnosed and untreated may cause the symptoms to get worse faster. While there’s no cure yet for COPD, proper treatment helps individuals live better and enjoy more fulfilling lifestyles. If you are a smoker or have had a lengthy exposure to harmful chemicals, you may be at risk for COPD. Ask your doctor for a spirometry test.